Slow-Cooker Weeknight Chili
Long hours at low temperatures have a way of rendering flavors flat. So what's the secret to making full-flavored-and non-greasy-beef chili in the slow cooker?
Why This Recipe Works
To keep our Slow-Cooker Weeknight Chili recipe from turning out too greasy, we used reasonably lean 85 percent lean ground chuck and supplemented it with smoky bacon. Browning the meat was important, but it was just as important to not overbrown it. Leaving the meat a little pink ensured that it stayed tender during the long simmer in the slow cooker. Also, to keep the recipe’s beans from turning mushy and breaking apart, we added them during the last hour of cooking.